Intersex Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights (SRHR) Toolkit

A Comprehensive Guide for Human Rights Defenders and Organizations in Nigeria

Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights are fundamental rights that everyone regardless of your age, SOGIESC identity, economic status, and race should fully enjoy but that cannot be said for many other marginalized groups including the intersex community in Nigeria. The intersex community is not a homogeneous one, but a community which consists of individuals with multiple identities whose intersectional needs and issues cuts across other marginalized groups programmed for by feminist organizations, women, young and adolescent, LGBT+, and disability groups. Intersex is a biological variation. SRHR issues affects everyone who has been marginalized, and excluding one group creates gaps in achieving these rights. Lack of access to friendly SRHR services and information within any marginalized group leads to health gaps in every group.

Diversity and representation of every group should be reflected in all areas of our work as human rights activists and CSOs. Our human rights efforts should have intersex representation in every aspect, it should be accurate and specific. This toolkit dispels common myths and misconceptions which is a very helpful information while promoting intersex rights. There is also practical guidance on advocacy strategies and campaigns to enhance intersex integration into your advocacy initiatives.

The toolkit provides guidance to human rights organizations and defenders on ensuring the inclusivity of intersex specific SRHR advocacy programs, interventions, and services within their primary advocacy goals. This toolkit is designed to raise awareness about the SRHR needs and challenges of the intersex community here in Nigeria.

It explores a wide range of topics, from basic terminologies and the medicalization of intersex bodies to the legal frameworks and human rights issues surrounding intersex SRHR and well-being in Nigeria. The guidance contains examples of what to do and what to avoid, and how our issues are interconnected, as well as suggested actions to improve cross-movement advocacy efforts that amplify our shared issues and concerns.

It is important to remember that every person’s experience is unique, and no one toolkit can sum up the diversity of intersex lives and experiences. Still, by providing a full-strong foundation for understanding, advocating, and supporting intersex persons, we hope this toolkit will be a vital resource in the broader fight for justice, equality, and the rights of all gender and sex diverse persons in Nigeria.

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